Newhouse Farm property
New House Farm, Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

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An historical & unique house with beautiful gardens, tennis court, swimming pool, woodland & paddocks. In all about 16.85 acres with further land also available.


  • Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Kitchen/Breakfast Room
  • Utility
  • Office
  • Pantry
  • Sitting Room
  • Games Room
  • Family Room
  • Wine Cellar
  • Drawing Room
  • Study
  • Snug
  • Library
  • Five bedrooms
  • Three bathrooms
  • Fine Gardens
  • Swimming Pool
  • Tennis Court
  • Garaging
  • Farm Buildings
  • Woodland
  • Paddocks
  • A further 55 acres also available


Historical Note

Thomas Swift, the vicar of Goodrich was the Grandfather

to Jonathan Swift, the author of Gulliver’s Travels, built

Newhouse Farm in 1636. A staunch royalist, he bankrupted

himself in gifting his coat, sewn with 300 pieces of gold,

to Charles I. The house is truly Y shaped, radiating north,

south-east and south-west, bar a later addition incorporating

the rear hall and rooms above and below. It was abandoned

for a number of years and at one stage was subject to a

demolition order. However it was bought by the present

owners in 1976. Since then this Grade II * house has been

comprehensively refurbished. The roof was raised and

reroofed. New plumbing, electrical wiring and underfloor

heating was installed in various rooms such as the family

room, hall, games room and office as well as strategic night

storage heaters. Windows were replaced and walls insulated

and in some rooms panelled.

Beautiful gardens were created and the swimming pool and

tennis court constructed. All the trees and woodland around

the garden and on the land were planted at this time, the

landscape previously being somewhat sparse.



Equidistant between the market towns of Ross-on-Wye

and Monmouth, Newhouse Farm is in the small hamlet of

Marstow. All the nearby towns have excellent shopping

facilities, with Monmouth having a Waitrose. The area

is renowned for its great choice of schools be they at

Monmouth (The Haberdashers), Hereford or further east

towards Malvern or Cheltenham.

Communications are particularly good with the M50 and

A40 providing fast access to Cardiff to the south west and

linking the M5 and the Midlands to the east.

The area is famed for its recreational facilities be it on the

River Wye, golf courses at Ross or Monmouth and wonderful

walks and cycling in the Wye Valley and Forest of Dean.


For Sale


The tree lined tarmac drive sweeps up to the house. The

original fortified front door is sheltered by a porch supported

by Doric columns, one dated 1636, the other inscribed TSS,

Thomas Swift’s initials. The Hall has an open fireplace,

panelled walls and main staircase as well as the staircase

to the lower ground floor. There is a door to the garden

opposite. The Drawing Room has a panoramic bay window,

open fireplace and links, via the Butler’s Pantry/Utility Room,

to the Kitchen with its large inglenook fireplace, Aga and

back stairs. Off the rear hall there is a separate cloakroom,

stairs to the lower ground floor, office and Pantry. Stairs from

the hall lead down to the Family Room and through to the

Games Room with an external door and Wine cellar, beyond

which is the boiler room and staircase returning to the back


Off the first floor landing is a small Study. The Snug is an

attractive room with an open fireplace, a hidden staircase to

the top floor and Library off, which is above the porch. The

Drawing Room has greater views from its panoramic bay

window, as well as an open fireplace

There are also two bedrooms off the rear landing and two


On the top floor there are three bedrooms and a bathroom

off the central landing, with the back stairs leading directly

into one of the bedrooms. The significant roof space is also

accessed from this landing.


The attractive terraced walled gardens surround the house.

A central feature is the glass summer house standing on

the main lawn, which is edged with deep rich borders. The

swimming pool is a secure area and the tennis court is

outside the main garden.

Above the garden is a maturing woodland, mainly of cherry

and oak planted around 1990.

At the top of the drive is a garage and the useful

multipurpose modern portal framed farm building with its

workshop, stock pens and ample storage areas.

There are three paddocks. Leading from the farm building

is one grass paddock. Below this and accessed off the

lane and divided by the Luke brook with its bridge crossing,

is a further grass field. Beyond the garden and accessed

either off the drive or the field entrance is a further paddock

planted with some specimen trees including a liquid amber.

The three paddocks total just over 10 acres.




The main access to the land is off the lane to the south west of Newhouse Farm. All the

land is planted to grass but has more recently been in an arable rotation. The main block

runs along the side of the A40, at the northern end of which is a gated entrance onto the

road (other gates along this boundary are no longer used). The oak woodland which was

planted in 1985 is at the northern end of the farm, below which is a further paddock.

The rising ground would make an ideal gallop of 4/5 furlongs.


Services, Wayleaves and Rights

of Way

Mains water and electricity. LPG central heating.

Fibre broadband. Private drainage.

There are various footpaths that cross the land, details of

which can be provided

Fixtures and Fittings

The fitted carpets, light fittings, curtains and blinds are

included in the sale. Other contents may be available


Directions (HR9 6HF)

From Ross and the M50, continue on towards Monmouth on

the A40. Turn right on to the A4137 towards Hereford. Take

the next right to Marstow. Follow this lane all the way down

through the hamlet and at the bottom of the hill the turning

into Newhouse Farm is on the left hand side on a slight righ

hand bend.


Viewing strictly through the agents Bengough Property and Knight Frank.


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